Vol. 56, No. 33 • Sixteenth Week • Spring Semester • May 11, 2009
Dr. Michael Wick, UW-Eau Claire professor of computer science and director of the university's First Year Experience program, has been named associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies. He will begin serving a two-year interim appointment July 1.
Wick’s appointment was announced May 8 following an internal campus search. He will replace Andrew Phillips, current associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies. Phillips will become academic dean and provost at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Read announcement.
Dr. Marty Wood, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs until July 1, will then begin serving as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for a two-year term, Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich announced today (May 11).
Wood will replace Dr. Donald Christian, current dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, who has announced he will leave UW-Eau Claire to accept the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Read announcement.
The DNP, which will begin in summer 2010, will be the first doctoral program offered at UW-Eau Claire. A professional doctorate, the DNP is similar to the doctorates required of physicians, dentists, pharmacists and attorneys.
The DNP will meet the new national educational recommendations for advanced practice nurses, which change the entry level degree from a master's to a doctorate. The recommendations — determined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing — take effect in 2015. Full story. Also see related news release.
UW-Eau Claire is among the top producers of information systems graduates in the nation and is one of the few universities in the country that is seeing a steady increase in the number of IS majors, a review of IS programs shows.
In the last year, UW-Eau Claire has graduated nearly 70 IS majors, a number that exceeds the total number of students enrolled in many IS programs in Wisconsin and beyond, said Dr. Anthony Keys, an associate professor of IS who has researched IS enrollment trends.
In April, UW-Eau Claire had 240 IS majors and 53 IS minors, Keys said. While still below the 434 peak in 1998, enrollment has steadily climbed since a low of 155 in 2004, he said.UW-Eau Claire's IS graduates are highly sought after, with recruiters from many of the Midwest's largest businesses coming to campus specifically to interview IS majors, said Dr. Thomas Hilton, chair of the IS department. From 2004-09, 39 percent of the employers who came to campus specified that they wanted to talk to IS majors, he said. Full story.
New institute unifies environmental programs
"The Watershed Institute will help unify environmental programs across the curriculum, in research, and through outreach and service on and off campus," Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich said. "UW-Eau Claire has a large group of faculty, staff and students with interest and expertise in environmental studies. They are spread across departments and colleges. The Watershed Institute will bring their efforts together in a way that will benefit the campus and beyond."
As a result of this initiative, UW-Eau Claire graduates will leave campus with a strong liberal arts experience and an increased environmental awareness, literacy and ethic, said Dr. Kate Hale, UW-Eau Claire's Sustainability Fellow.
The institute also will encourage the campus community to more actively interact with and serve the local community, region and the globe, Hale said. Full story.
Dr. Charlene Burns, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of religious studies, will travel to Egypt and Qatar this month as part of a small delegation of American citizens invited by the National Peace Foundation and the Islamic Society of North America to participate in a people-to-people exchange program between the United States and countries in the Middle East.The exchange program is part of "Faith and Community: A Dialogue," which was established through a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State to the National Peace Foundation. The inter-religious dialogue initiative provides for unmediated exchange among clerics, scholars of religion, educators and community leaders. Full story.
Dr. David Jewett, UW-Eau Claire professor of psychology, has been selected as the third Faculty Fellow of the university's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for the 2009-10 academic year.
In addition to assisting with the review of proposals and other office functions, Dr. Jewett will work with ORSP to devise and implement a plan to assess the benefits of student scholarly activity. He will also spearhead development of programming for students on topics such as finding and working with a mentor, research ethics and the application of research to postcollege plans. Full story.
Offering research opportunities to students from institutions that cannot provide them and increasing the diversity of students pursuing careers in the sciences are two important goals of a new summer chemistry program at UW-Eau Claire.
Starting in June, UW-Eau Claire will offer a summer research program that will allow four UW-Eau Claire students and four students from regional two-year colleges to work together to conduct research under the direction of chemistry faculty members.
"We are reaching out to regional two-year institutions that have a significant population of students from underrepresented groups," said Dr. Jim Phillips, chair of the UW-Eau Claire chemistry department.
The three-year program — funded by a highly competitive National Science Foundation grant — will support having the student researchers on campus for 10 weeks during each of the next three summers, said Dr. Alan Gengenbach, associate professor of chemistry and director of the program. Full story.
Wilson began her career at UW-Eau Claire in 1975 in the University Bookstore, which she managed for its final 11 years as a university-run operation. She then served as the University Centers retail operations manager, business services manager, and assistant director for business and administration. She graduated summa cum laude from Lakeland College, earning her bachelor of arts degree in business administration, and received her master of science degree in training and development from UW-Stout. Full story.
After 32 seasons as head coach of the UW-Eau Claire wrestling team, Don Parker is retiring, Director of Athletics Scott Kilgallon has announced.
“We are very grateful for what Coach Parker has done for the wrestling program for many years and we thank him for his years of dedicated service and the many lives he’s impacted,” Kilgallon said.
Parker began coaching at Eau Claire in 1977. Since that time he has coached one national champion, 15 All-Americans and 19 conference champions. In seven out of the last eight seasons, Parker has coached a wrestler to an All-American finish, capped off this season by Josh Holforty’s third place at 197 pounds. He has taken at least one wrestler to the NCAA Division III Championships every year since 2000. Full story.
Former UW-Eau Claire wrestling national champion Derek Sikora has been selected as the program’s sixth head coach following the retirement of Don Parker, Director of Athletics Scott Kilgallon has announced.
Sikora, a Neillsville native, wrestled for the Blugolds from 2002-06. In 2006 he became the program’s only national champion as he captured the 165-pound title at the NCAA Division III Championships.
Russ Peloquin, an assistant wrestling coach for the Blugolds since 2004, also will remain on board. Full story.
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